Praise ye the Lord, 'tis good to sing, The praises of our God, and King

Praise ye the Lord, 'tis good to sing, The praises of our God, and King

Author: John Barnard
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. Praise ye the Lord; 'tis good to sing
The praises of our God, and King;
Praise is the most delightful theme,
And nothing more becomes our frame.
2. The Lord Jerus'lem doth repair;
And bring his scattered exiles there.
3. He kindly heals the broken heart;
Binds up their wounds, allays their smart.

4. He numbers all the starry flames;
And calls them by their various names.
5. Great is our Lord, of boundless might;
His understanding's infinite.
6. The Lord the meek hath raised,and crowned;
But cast the wicked to the ground.
7. To God your thankful praises sing;
And join the harps melodious string.

8. Who clouds the sky, prepares the rains;
Makes grass to grow on mounts, and plains,
9. His treasures, beasts with food, supply;
And the young ravens, when they cry.
10. He, in the strength, or nimble flight,
Of horse, or man, takes no delight.
11. The Lord takes pleasure in the just;
And those that in his mercy trust.

Second Part

12. Jerusalem, Jehovah, praise;
Sion, thy God, with sacred lays.
13. He, thy gates bars with strength possessed;
In thee thy children he hath blest.
14. He gives thy borders peace most sweet;
And fills thee with the finest wheat.
15. On earth he sends forth his decrees;
His word, like lightning, swiftly flees.

16. Like wool, he clothes the ground, with snows;
His hoary frost, as ashes, throws:
17. Fragments of ice casts from his hand;
And who before his cold can stand?
18. He sendeth forth his high commands,
The glebe is loosened from it's bands;
He bids the warmer breezes blow;
The ice dissolves, the waters flow.

19. His word, and will, by act of grace,
He hath revealed to Jacobs race;
To Israel whom he chose his own,
His laws, and judgments, are made known.
20. There's none of all the nations round,
With him, such favor, e'er have found;
To them, he never did afford,
His judgments. Therefore praise the Lord.

A New Version of the Psalms of David, 1752

Author: John Barnard

John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89. A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876  Go to person page >

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First Line: Praise ye the Lord, 'tis good to sing, The praises of our God, and King
Author: John Barnard
Place of Origin: Marblehead, Massachusetts
Language: English
Publication Date: 1752
Copyright: Public Domain


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